General Policies

Every application must include:

  • the GEO online application
  • the host institution’s application
  • your official transcript
  • a photocopy of your passport photo and signature page (the passport must be valid for at least six months after your return date).

Each application may require additional supporting documents. Please refer to the individual program page on the website or ask a member of the GEO staff for further clarification. It is the student’s responsibility to complete ALL of the application requirements and submit all necessary material by the GEO deadline.

Course Equivalents

Students must complete the following steps in order to transfer study abroad credits back to Northeastern University.  All students must meet with their academic advisor to ensure that the courses they plan to take abroad will correctly fulfill their degree requirements.  Please note that different majors have different policies regarding which courses can and cannot be taken abroad.


Confirm that the courses you are enrolling in abroad have been evaluated by NU. To do this, select your host institution or provider from Courses by Program then see if your course has been evaluated.  You can also search by NU Course.

Note: courses listed on the drop down are not guaranteed to be offered during your desired term abroad. You must view the appropriate course catalogue from your host institution to see which courses are being offered during a specific semester.


If any of the courses you intend to take abroad are not in the database, the course must be submitted to GEO for evaluation.


Input host university's course material here.

  • You will be asked to login, please use your NEU credentials.
  • Students will be alerted by email once the courses have been evaluated or needs further information.  Please make sure to monitor your email.
  • If you have any questions, please email

* You do not need to send your desired NU equivalent for each course.  Faculty members will evaluate the courses based on the content of the course and make the appropriate evaluations.



Every full-credit course that has been assigned a NU equivalent is worth 4 NU semester credits*. Depending on the program, you can earn between 8 and 16 NU credits. In order to maintain full-time status at NU, you must take a minimum of 12 NU credits during the semester and a minimum of 8 credits during the summer. You must enroll full time at your host institution in addition to maintaining full-time NU status. Furthermore, depending on the program, you may be required to enroll in and complete 5 courses. You will be charged Northeastern undergraduate tuition for 16 credits.

*Please check with GEO regarding language immersion programs as the course credit varies and GEO will need to work with students individually to determine NU course equivalents.

Should you decide to transfer back a 5th course, you will then be charged an overload fee as defined by the Northeastern University Registrar. In addition, if you voluntarily take an additional 5th course, you will be financially responsible and your student account will be charged the overload fee. If you elect to take an additional 5th non-required course and do not transfer back the credits, you will be financially responsible for the additional fees charged by the host institution or program provider. Please note that you may not see these charges on your student account until after you return and your credits have transferred back.

You are not encouraged to enroll in online courses at NU while abroad; however, if you choose to take an online course while abroad, you will be responsible for the cost of the additional course and there will be no reduction in the study abroad tuition and fees.

Due Dates

Please submit your application on time and complete. It can be dropped off in person, mailed, faxed, or emailed before the due date. Official transcripts must be submitted in original form and cannot be sent via email or fax. Please refer to the contact page for further details on where to send your application.

The application due dates for each semester are listed on the website, and subject to change from one semester to the next.


Travel Warnings

The University recognizes that on rare occasions there might be compelling reasons to consider allowing students to participate in a program in a “high-risk” location. A specific set of procedures has been designed for travelers to seek approval through the International Safety and Security Assessment Committee (ISSAC), based on the traveler’s consideration of measures    to minimize risk and development of appropriate support mechanisms.

If the country where your program takes place appears on any of the 3 following lists, there are additional steps you will need to take before being allowed to participate:

In addition, if you propose University-sponsored travel to a country that is on the federal government’s sanctions lists, you will also need to submit a petition for approval to ISSAC.For more information regarding the additional steps and what is required to travel to a “high risk location,” please visit the Northeastern University International Travel website.

For Dialogue of Civilization programs traveling to high risk locations, the faculty leader will complete the petition process on behalf of the group. Students are not required to submit individual petitions.